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Glasgow school janitors Halloween Protest on Thursday 27/10

Janitors in Glasgow’s primary, nursery and additional support for learning schools will hit the streets once again next week as part of their ongoing pay dispute.   This Thursday protest will have a Halloween theme.

On Thursday the 27th of October the Janitors will take their campaign to a full council meeting.  The Halloween protest intends to send a message to the Full council meeting that the Jannies are back to haunt the council until they get justice.  The Janitors will lead a protest at the chambers from 1 pm onwards.

Dressed as mummies the Janitors will lead the protest outside a full council meeting,  homemade placards will be used with slogans such as pictured (see attached)

  • RIP  Fair Pay!
  • The Jannies are Alive and Kicking!
  • Glasgow Jannies are Back to Haunt you!

Cordia, an ALEO of Glasgow City Council, is still refusing to pay a Working Context and Demands Payment to school janitors and is using spurious arguments to justify not making this payment.

Brian Smith, UNISON Glasgow Secretary, said:

“UNISON #Justice4Jannies campaign will be guising the full Glasgow City Council meeting with a Halloween Protest.  Make no mistake the janitors dispute is Alive and Kicking, its time the Council Raised the Dead and got back round the negotiating table !”

Previous strikes have seen noisy protests at the City Chambers and the janitors have promised more of the same including some with a Halloween theme as the week goes on.

The janitors began industrial action on 19 January 2016 by boycotting certain tasks including weeding, litter picking, snow clearing, salt spreading, leaf clearing, heavy lifting, spillage clearing and animal clearing.  Since March 2016, the janitors have taken 24 days of strike action in an escalation of the dispute. 

Glasgow City Council and its ALEOs pay structure awards payments to workers who undertake duties which are dirty, unpleasant, involve working outside on a regular basis or heavy lifting. There are five levels of annual WCD payment ranging from just over £500 to over £1000. 

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